Dancing With the Stars Dance Troupe Dance Lesson
Last week I was in Los Angeles for the Guardians of the Galaxy Event. I was super excited about the whole trip when I first received my invite but as we got closer to our trip date anxiety hit. I was so nervous and I couldn’t shake it at all. One portion that gave me so much anxiety was the dance lesson with the Dancing with the Stars Dance Troupe. I know that all the things bothering me where all in my own head. I was getting in my own way, but I couldn’t stop my mind from racing.
Our shuttle group arrived at the studio after the first shuttle group had settled in and started chatting with the DWTS Dance Troupe. I could feel the anxiety levels rising as I pulled constantly on my workout top and leggings. We got ready to start and I headed to the back of the room.
Within a few minutes, all the anxiety feel off. I didn’t even realize how much fun I was having at first, but my face was radiant. I don’t remember the last time I laughed so hard while learning to dance and “working out”. The DWTS Dance Troupe was simply amazing. Slowly they added in each step for the Salsa lesson they were giving us. Taking note of our progress and giving us the opportunity to pick up the steps at our own pace.
The troupe members that were teaching us were Brittany Cherry, Britt Stewart, Hayley Erbert, Alan Bersten, Artur Adamski and Brandon Armstrong! Alan was hilarious. Check him out dancing with Heather Morris when he subbed in for Maks when he was injured.
He has amazing talent. Both on the dance floor and in the comedy department. He really helped with getting the group to losen up and have fun. He cracked tons of jokes so make us feel as comfortable as possible.
We later split up into groups to practice the dance moves and get more one on one lessons. Our troupe leader was Brittany Cherry and she was amazing. She took her time giving us tips and suggestions to help us enjoy and have more fun. When she noticed that we were frustrated or having a hard time she shared individual tips and stragety to make it easier. She even helped modified our steps so we could have more fun and feel at ease. We ended up getting picked to dance first in front of the group. Check us out.
I can’t believe how much fun I had participating in this activity. It was amazing and I had tons of fun. The dance troupe were the best. I wish we had more time to spend with them. Remember to tune in for Dancing With the Stars on 4/24 at 8/7c on ABC Television.
THE EIGHT REMAINING COUPLES DANCE TO SOME OF THE MOST ICONIC SONGS FROM FAMOUS BOY BANDS AND GIRL GROUPS THROUGHOUT MUSICAL HISTORY, ON ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS,’ MONDAY, APRIL 24
The Celebrities Compete Against Each Other in Team Dances – Men vs. Women
Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter Is a Guest Judge
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Returns to the Ballroom Floor
One Couple Will Be Eliminated at the End of the Night
“Episode 2406” – The eight remaining celebrities will dance to songs from some of the most popular boy bands and girl groups throughout history, and the men and women will also compete against each other in team dances, on “Dancing with the Stars,” live, MONDAY, APRIL 24 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough as a guest judge.
Some of the iconic boy bands and girl groups, whose songs will be danced to, include Simone and Sasha performing a samba to Destiny’s Child, Bonner and Sharna dancing a rumba to Backstreet Boys, Nick and Peta jiving to The Beach Boys, Normani and Val dancing a salsa to The Pussycat Dolls, and David and Lindsay performing an Argentine tango to *NSYNC, among others. Also, after being injured, Maks makes his return to the ballroom floor, where he and Heather will perform a rumba to TLC.
To add some spice to the competition, it’s Team Dances with men vs. women:
TEAM BOY BAND
Bonner Bolton, Nick Viall, David Ross and Rashad Jennings will dance to a medley of “Dancing Machine” by Jackson 5, “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block and “Best Song Ever” by One Direction.
TEAM GIRL GROUP
Simone Biles, Nancy Kerrigan, Normani Kordei and Heather Morris will dance to a medley of “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Chiffons, “No Scrubs” by TLC and “BO$$” by Fifth Harmony.
Each celebrity will perform a samba, rumba, tango, paso doblé, salsa, Argentine tango or jive.
At the end of the night, based on scores and votes from last Monday, one couple will be eliminated.
Each Couple Will Dance to the Following Songs (in alphabetical order):
Simone Biles & Sasha Farber – Samba – “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child
Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess – Rumba – “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater – Tango – “Reach Out, I’ll Be There” by The Four Tops
Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev – Paso Doblé – “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue
Normani Kordei & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Salsa – “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls
Heather Morris & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Rumba – “Waterfalls” by TLC
David Ross & Lindsay Arnold – Argentine Tango – “I Want You Back” by *NSYNC
Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd – Jive – “Fun, Fun, Fun” by The Beach Boys
Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including head judge, Len Goodman, dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough.
Remember to Vote for your Favorites Each Week:
For week six, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and on Facebook at http://bit.ly/2cdE4PL is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT and closing at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday evenings.
Check Out My Other Dancing With the Stars Experience
Two years ago I was in the studio audience for Dancing with the Stars. We even had the opportity to hang out with the dancers and stars after the show during the west coast airing of the broadcast. Be sure to check it out below: